Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage – Is Carnage Really Dead?

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Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Venom: Let There Be Carnage! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out IGN’s full review of the sequel.


Venom: Let There Be Carnage finally brings one of the most iconic superhero comic rivalries to the big screen, as Tom Hardy’s Venom takes on Woody Harrelson’s Carnage. Two symbiotes enter a church, and only one leaves in the end.

While we’re hardly surprised to see Venom emerge victorious from this super-powered brouhaha, it is a bit shocking to see Harrelson’s twisted character killed off in the final battle. Would Sony really kill off Venom’s deadliest foe this early into the franchise?

Maybe not. Let’s break down Carnage’s sometimes bizarre comic book background and why death never really seems to stick with him. And in the process, we’ll see why Carnage’s return isn’t just possible, but even necessary.

Cletus Kasady’s Wild Ride

Few major characters in the Marvel Universe seem to stay dead forever, and that’s certainly been true for Cletus Kasady and the Carnage symbiote. That trend really began in 2000’s Peter Parker: Spider-Man #13, where Venom reabsorbed the Carnage symbiote into his body and a distraught Kasady stooped to painting himself red in a vain attempt at reclaiming his lost power. Fortunately for him (if not the rest of the world), the last surviving traces of the symbiote were later able to guide Kasady into the Negative Zone to regenerate itself.

Later, in 2004’s New Avengers #2, the reborn Carnage finally meets his match in The Sentry. This Superman-level hero drags Carnage into orbit and rips him in half, leaving the remains to either freeze in the vacuum of space or burn up in reentry. Only years later did fans learn the symbiote managed to stay alive and preserve Kasady’s body (the upper half, at least).

Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage – Is Carnage Really Dead?
The King in Black atop his throne. (Image Credit: Marvel)

Regardless of how closely the Venom movies follow this source material, Knull is too big a villain not to include at some point. And you can’t really get to Knull without Carnage paving the way in blood first.

Do you think we’ve seen the last of Carnage? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And for more on the film, here’s how to watch Venom 2. And get the scoop on Venom’s release date dilemma while you’re at it. Oh, and our Venom 2 WTF Questions is also worth a look!


Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.





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